My favorite 60 Minutes story

Producers, editors, and cameramen choose a favorite piece from the 60 Minutes archive and share their personal stories of reporting and shooting in the field


Michael Karzis

Remembering an AIDS crisis "ignored" by officials

60 Minutes producer Michael Karzis on the searing memories of reporting in Zimbabwe in 2000 — and how Ed Bradley's questions made officials squirm.

Nathalie Sommer

Profiling a pianist in China becomes a culinary adventure

Producer Nathalie Sommer got her 60 Minutes start as Bob Simon's assistant. She says Bob's profile of Lang Lang was "one of the greatest treats of my life."

Ira Rosen

Cold War spy story is an "investigative comedy"

Mike Wallace plays a prank on young 60 Minutes producer Ira Rosen while reporting on a Cold War spy story in 1986.

Nicole Young

60 Minutes producer fights off Chinese gangsters

Who would've guessed that a story about recycling would result in Chinese gangsters chasing after Scott Pelley and producer Nicole Young?

Andy Court

Andy Court's great "whodunit"

When a death-row inmate claims innocence, a young 60 Minutes producer gets drawn into a complicated tale worthy of any detective novel.

Matt Richman

Working on stories about loss and destruction

Matt Richman, a 60 Minutes editor, talks about the sad task of editing stories about family loss and the destruction of homes.

Harry Radliffe

Mt. Athos: Harry Radliffe visits "another world"

It took 60 Minutes producer Harry Radliffe not months, but YEARS, to convince the monks of Mt. Athos to allow 60 Minutes cameras in. And that was just the beginning.

Joel Bernstein

Pastrami or "pastromi"?

How producer Joel Bernstein turned a seemingly dull story about a dictionary into a reason to order a tray full of pastrami sandwiches.

Shari Finkelstein

Mammoni: The "mama's boys" of Italy

In Italy, professional men in their 30s and 40s live with their mothers and love it. Can you blame them? Producer Shari Finkelstein remembers her favorite story.

Ruth Streeter

Ed Bradley and Howard Stern: An unlikely pair

Howard Stern didn't want to do the interview and neither did Ed Bradley. But something surprising happened when the two men met. Producer Ruth Streeter remembers.

Magalie Laguerre-Wilkinson

A president with a temper

Producer Magalie Laguerre-Wilkinson on an unforgettable interview moment: the president of France loses his temper and storms away from his 60 Minutes interview.

Draggan Mihailovich

A father lost to Vietnam, a daughter's desire to know him

Producer Draggan Mihailovich went to Vietnam with Tracy Tragos, who struggled to get to know her father more than 30 years after his death.

Richard Buddenhagen

The humorous world of motivational speakers

When you're an editor at 60 Minutes, the footage doesn't often crack you up. Richard Buddenhagen remembers his funniest assignment.

Claudia Weinstein

60 Minutes story editor Claudia Weinstein was there in El Salvador when an American teen was reunited with her long-lost birth parents.

Frank Devine

1999: 60 Minutes meets a Hamptons "lord"

Robert Gardiner, an 88-year-old aristocrat in the Hamptons, was one of the most eccentric people ever to appear on 60 Minutes. Producer Frank Devine looks back.

Phil Scheffler

Phil Scheffler talks early days at 60 Minutes

The 1971 story "After Attica" is trademark 60 Minutes, says producer "emeritus" Phil Scheffler.

Jeff Fager

Mr. President

Before Jeff Fager became executive producer of 60 Minutes, he produced stories for the broadcast. Here's one of his all-time favorites: a story about Boston's Billy Bulger. This segment was originally published on Dec. 26, 2010.

Editor's Note: Billy Bulger's brother James "Whitey" Bulger, who was on the FBI's 10 Most Wanted list for his alleged role in 19 murders, was captured in June 2011 near Los Angeles after living on the run for 16 years.

Bill Owens

Bluejay: The Mind of a Child Prodigy

60 Minutes Executive Editor Bill Owens looks back at a favorite story about an extraordinary boy. This segment was originally published on Dec. 26, 2010.